JG Program Overview
Our Junior Lifeguard Instructors (JGIs) are all certified lifeguards with East Bay Regional Park District’s Lifeguard Service. All have participated in our rigorous training JGI boot camp to prepare for working as an instructor in our program.
There are 8, one week sessions, with each session running Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. Each session has a specific theme. In addition to the Junior Lifeguard core curriculum, each day there will be a theme-based curriculum comprising 1 to 1.5 hours in the morning and afternoon. Children who participate each session will receive a commemorative pin and certificate of program completion recognizing their accomplishment.
- Contra Loma Regional Park
- Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park
- Lake Temescal in Temescal Regional Recreation Area
- Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area
- Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area (Session 4-7 only)
- Crown Memorial State Beach (Session 5 only)
Participants must pass a 25 yard swim test administered on the first day of each session. Parents must be present for this swim test. Instructors will evaluate swimmers based on their swimming competence and confidence. If a child does not pass the swim test, they will be asked to either remain in chest deep water or wear a lifejacket when going past chest deep water.
Session dates & descriptions:
Session 1: June 20-24 & Session 8: August 8-12
Imagine taking all the crazy stuff from the the other 7 weeks and compressing them into one week... well, that's what we did! Time to have fun, check out what each theme has to offer, and experience everything you might miss due to family vacations and summer plans. One word: enjoy! in
Session 2: June 27-July 1 & Session 5: July 18-22
Survivor: Junior Lifeguard
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild, natural disasters, emergency situations, and perhaps a zombie attack? This week focuses on prepardness! JGs will learn how to use radios, fight off sharks, build fires, and make a SOS signal large enough for a helicopter to see. They'll also have several visitors from Emergency Response vocations.
Session 3: July 5-8 & Session 6: July 25-29
Do you want to be a lifeguard someday? If so, this is THE theme for you! This theme lets Junior Lifegaurds who want to go to the next level and participate in activities that only professional lifeguards do: pattern diving, rescue deployment, defensive moves in the water, and physical training. JGs will train with the lifeguard staff, learn about alternate duties, and shadow lifeguard.
Session 4: July 11-15 & Session 7: August 1-5
Imagine spending most of your day out on the water! While the kids won't actually be living the island life or becoming a pirate, they'll get a taste of snorkling, stand up paddle boards, inflatable rafts, and kayaking. With other fun activities on-land, JGs will be soaked by the end of each day!